Thank you to Apple…

For nominating my blog to the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.


I love Apple’s posts. They remind me of my hometown, Iloilo. When I think of Apple, I think of the word, “sincere.” She’s what we describe in Tagalog, “tutuong, tutuo.” This is Apple’s link:

Seven things about me:

  1. I’m a psychiatrist turned entrepreneur, but being a wife and mom describes me best.
  2. I followed my husband to Taiwan, but we want to move back to Iloilo in the near future.
  3. I only travel because of my business.
  4. My idea of a good time is curling up in my favorite massage chair and reading a good book.
  5. I love date nights with my husband.
  6. I enjoy discussing religion and other matters with my children.
  7. I love to eat.

So here are 15 blogs that inspire me:

Here are the rules:

1. Display the award logo somewhere on your blog.
2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
3. State seven things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

Congratulations to everyone! I really enjoy reading your posts, and thanks once again to Apple

I will be going on another trip and won’t be posting for a while. So, to my fellow bloggers and friends, have fun with whatever it is that you do!





Thank you for the Sunshine Award Renee and Pallas


Thanks to Renee and Pallas for the Sunshine Award!

We would like to thank randpphotoalbums for nominating our blog the Sunshine Award! I love their photos about wide open spaces and nature at its best. New Zealand is on the top of the list of our places to visit. Thank you so much!

The rules for the Sunshine Award are as follows:

  • Link the award to the person that gave it to you
  • Answer the questions that come with the award
  • Pass the award along to 10 new people and let them know that they’ve received it

Questions about us:

  • Favorite number: 8
  • Favorite non-alcoholic Splash C
  • Facebook or Twitter: I use Facebook only to keep in touch with family and special friends. There are some instances where I accepted a friend request and found their posts annoying. These are the ones who post everything about their lives except their trips to the bathroom.
  • My passion: Reading, writing, helping others look and feel young.
  • Favorite pattern: plain and simple designs
  • Favorite day of the week: every day
  • Favorite flower: roses

The third rule is to pass the award on to 10 other people. Here is who we’ve nominated (in no particular order):











A New Week…

Jimmy and I were chatting about weight loss and how people go about trying to lose weight. We were sampling an audiobook by Gary Taubes entitled, “Why We Get Fat: and What To Do About It.” It’s a great book, and I think I will buy it. I’m just trying to decide whether I should get the audio book or the printed one.

One thing we realized is that many people prefer to lose weight by eating less and exercising. This is the old and mistaken paradigm that has led society into a spiral of obesity of epidemic proportions. As early as the 1930’s during the Great Depression, when people did not have much to eat, the German pediatrician, Hilde Bruch observed the alarming increase in obesity in American children, when she arrived in New York. This story is mentioned in the book.

Not a few people who asked about our program walked away saddened because they felt the price was not cheap. They decided to exercise instead. However, when one really considers the amount of time needed to lose weight with exercise, then one comes out relatively poorer. Let me explain. When we spend money to enroll in a weight management program that has been proven to achieve excellent results, it might seem that we are spending a lot. However, we can earn money, but we could never earn back the time we spend to travel to the gym, change our clothes, sweat it out for at least an hour, maybe hire a personal trainer, change into our street clothes and travel back to work or to our homes. We’ve done this before, and I don’t think I have the motivation to do it all over again, when I can lose my unwanted fats in the comfort of my home. I don’t like hourlong exercises. I like to walk and do a few toning exercises, but exercising to lose weight is not my cup of tea.

But then again, to each his own. We have a friend who exercises two hours a day, come rain or shine. If it works for him, I have no problem with that. For more information on why people get fat, I suggest reviewing the book of Gary Taubes on Amazon. It’s going to change the way you feel about weight management.


Things to do when you feel blue…

1.) Have a conversation with God.

2.) Pamper yourself…go to the spa.

3.) Call a good friend who doesn’t mind your calling her/him out of the blue.

4.) Make a list of people and things you are thankful for.

5.) Volunteer at the local hospital or an old folks home. Making other people happy will brighten your day.

6.) Perform a kind deed.

7.) Watch a rerun of a favorite movie.

8.) Read a good book…preferably one you read before and enjoyed.

9.) Tell a loved one that you love him/her and that life is so much better with him/her.

10.) Dress up and enjoy an afternoon tea all by yourself. Read a good book or listen to an audio book.

Warning: Whatever you do, don’t stay in the house and eat ice cream or a box of chocolates. Furthermore, stay away from shopping malls. You might purchase something on the spur of the moment and regret it.